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Social inequality intensifies in Dominican Republic: UNDP

Santo Domingo.- Social inequality in the Dominican Republic intensified as measured by the UN Development Program’s (UNDP) global parameter, which affirms that the country declined 15 positions since the previous report.

Of 132 countries, Dominican Republic ranks 79 on inequality, which according to the UNDP report exceeds the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Dominican Republic has a high capacity to generate income, but a limited ability to redistribute it, mostly the result of gaping inequalities in people’s income and education, the report said.

The country however, gained two positions compared with the previous ranking in the Human Development Report, conducted by UNDP. Out of 187 countries surveyed, Dominican Republic ranked 96, comparable with Belize, Samoa and Fiji.

It said the increase stemmed from higher per capita income. “While we do have the same human development index of the countries mentioned, the gross income per capita is higher in the Dominican Republic,” the UNDP said in the news conference held in the hotel Embajador, headed by the entity’s country director, Valerie Julliand.

The results also note advances in education and health, despite the start of a slowdown observed in the last decade, “for example, on average, the population over 25 has reached a level of education equal to seven years of elementary education.”

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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